Brushing & Flossing
Effective and thorough tooth brushing removes plaque and food particles from tooth surfaces.
There are many acceptable toothbrushing methods.
Here is once effective method:
|1. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle (tilt) to the gums.||2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.||3. Brush the inner (tongue side) and outer tooth surfaces.|
|4. Brush the chewing surfaces.||5. Brush the inside of the front teeth.||6. Brush your tongue, too.|
Follow this procedure for a recommended 2 minutes, in the morning and before you go to bed. Flossing is also recommended for optimal cleaning between your teeth.
Flossing Even if you brush every day, decay-causing bacteria still lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. One way to remove hard-to-reach plaque is with dental floss. Flossing removes plaque and food particles between teeth. Here is one effective method: